Scripture Verse

The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Psalm 87:2

Introduction

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 239.

Music: Guern­sey Will­iam O. Per­kins (1831–1902) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Zion, on the holy hills,
God, thy maker, loves thee well;
All thy courts His presence fills,
He delights in thee to dwell.
Wondrous shall Thy glory be,
City blest of God, the Lord;
Nations shall be born in thee,
Unto life from death restored.

When the Lord the names shall write
Of thy sons, a countless throng,
God most high will thee requite,
He Himself will make thee strong.
Then in song and joyful mirth
Shall thy ransomed sons agree,
Singing forth throughout the earth,
All my fountains are in thee.